Fernando Meirelles

Fernando Meirelles 

Fernando Meirelles is perhaps best known for his work in 2002 as co-director of the Oscar-nominated 'City of God', based in one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious favelas and for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. 

'City of God' was hugely popular in Brazil, reaching an audience of 3.2 million people and provoking political debate about the drug trade. Many of the young actors came from the favelas and the workshops set up to train them have been continued by a newly-established Brazilian charity called Cinema Nosso. 

He is also very active as a producer, heading his own production company, and working on the Brazilian TV series, 'Cidade dos Homens'. In 2005, Meirelles’ film ‘The Constant Gardener’ earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and in 2008 his film 'Blindness' was the opening film of the Cannes Film Festival.

Fernando’s most recent film, ‘360’, starring Jude Law, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Rachel Weisz, opened the London Film Festival in October 2011. Fernando has appeared at a number of events for ABC Trust and is featured in a short film about our work.

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